Man’s appeal to find new home for well-loved electric organ

Bruce Dilks with the electric organ he wants to donate to a worthy cause
Bruce Dilks with the electric organ he wants to donate to a worthy cause
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A man is looking to donate his elderly mother’s beloved musical instrument to a worthy cause to secure its life for years to come.

Bruce Dilks, 68, from Mill Lane, Ketton, wants to give his mother’s electric organ to either a school, church or music centre, as she can no longer play the instrument due to her deteriorating health.

Bruce’s mum Betty, 90, was a keen pianist throughout her life ever since she learned to play the piano aged five. She was the pianist for her school in Derbyshire by the age of 14 and went on to play in pubs throughout the region, entertaining hundreds with her tunes.

Betty now suffers from dementia and has not been able to play the organ for a number of years.

The instrument is a YamahaAR80 and has a number controls that enables it to produce concert, classical and jazz sounds.

It has been sitting in a communal room at Whitefrairs care home, in St George’s Avenue, Stamford, ever since Betty left the home to move to Wood Grange Care Home in Bourne a year ago.

Bruce said: “My mother enjoyed playing the organ for many many years and she was an excellent pianist. The love of her life was music.

“Her health is too bad for her to make a decision about what she wants to do with it but I know that for it to go to a good cause and for it to be played for many years is what she would want.

“It was the most important thing to her and I want to make sure it has a happy ending.”

Anyone interested in the instrument should e-mail Bruce at